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Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello by Jim Aikin

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Chapter 2. Getting Ready[*]

IF YOU’VE JUST BROUGHT YOUR CELLO home, I’m sure you’re itching to get started! So please feel free to jump ahead to Chapters 3 and 4 and try playing. Later you’ll want to return to this chapter, in which we talk about some important preparations, such as tuning your cello. Also in this chapter you’ll pick up some vital tips on how to take good care of your cello.

The Cello Chair

THE CELLO IS USUALLY played sitting down. (The rock band Apocalyptica has several cellists who sometimes play standing up, but they’re very much the exception that proves the rule.) Sitting down may seem simple—you’ve been doing it all your life! But when playing the cello, you need to be aware of how you’re sitting.

First, you need a firm chair ...

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